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Parkour 'damage' complaints rise

Complaints to police about parkour, or free-running, apparently causing nuisance and damaging buildings in Cambridge are on the rise.

Officers are working with the city council and free-runner Owen Covill to try to reduce its impact.

Hotspots have been cited where participants perform acrobatics on and between structures.

Civil proceedings can be pursued if runners cause criminal damage and public order offences, police added.

The Lion Yard, Manor Place, Hanover and Princess Court, the Synagogue on Thompson's Lane, university buildings and Shire Hall are particularly popular with free runners.

Pc Carolyn Chambers said: "We need to strike a balance between keeping free runners safe, protecting people's property and peace of life and encouraging a positive activity for young people."

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